There are not many people who can wear head-to-toe Pepto pink, not to mention a graphic sweater, metallic pleats and Gucci monograms all in one outfit.
Not many people are Beyoncé.
How does Bey bring this seemingly grade-school ensemble to sophisticated street-style status? Divert your eyes to those red velvet sandals—the deep hue anchors the entire outfit, diffusing any sensory overload.
Red heels are oftentimes used to make a statement but in some cases, like Queen B’s, they can be used as a neutral as well—consider them wardrobe essentials you didn’t know you needed.
How else can they be worn? Get inspired below.
As Kate Hudson proves, bold pumps are the only thing you need to elevate an outfit. Does your lazy Sunday entail a tee and jeans? Add some sleek red heeds and the photogs will come swarming—it’s really that easy. The same impact can be made with red flats or sneakers…you know, for those who prefer comfort.
For the more adventurous, you can always pare down textured, clunky statement shoes with your outfit. Timeless star Abigail Spencer complemented her red stompers with a sophisticated leather midi, white blouse and neutral trench. The trick here is to keep everything—except for the shoes—minimal.
Seeing red? Hailee Steinfeld is too. Oftentimes, pairing a red outfit with red shoes can be a bit too much, but mixing design details (like the dress’ clean lines with the shoes’ curvy upper) can make just enough of a subtle contrast. Just keep your makeup neutral!
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Do you consider socks and sandals a faux pas? Fashion girls like Alba Rohrwacher would disagree. As the weather turns for the chilly, wearing the two together will put your summer shoes to good use. Just make sure the sandals are open toe, so you can see the different textures and materials that make this combo interesting. You’ll want to keep your outfit neutral and airy, to complement the style statement you’re making with your footwear. These are not your under-the-radar shoes, after all.